JAKARTA – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off Indonesia's Java island on Saturday, killing seven people, severely wounding two and damaging hundreds of buildings in several cities, the country's disaster mitigation agency BNPB said. The quake, which struck at 2 p.m. (0700 GMT) local time, was felt across East Java, home to 40.7 million people, and nearby provinces, including the resort island of Bali, Indonesian media reported. Ten people were lightly injured, while an unspecified number of people in several villages were moved to evacuation centres as some houses have been destroyed, the BNPB said. More than 300 homes and dozens of other buildings, including schools, hospitals, government offices and places of worship, were damaged, the agency said. The numbers could change as authorities collect more information about the extent of casualties and damage. Images in media showed flattened houses in towns near the southern coast of East Java, the closest area to the epicentre of the quake. A large gorilla statue in an amusement park in the town of Batu lost its head, news website Detik.com reported. The quake struck in the Indian Ocean 91 km off the southern coast of East Java. It had a magnitude of 5.9 at a… Read full this story
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